For anyone who spent 2016 under a large boulder, you should know that it was not a good one for celebrity deaths. One of the hardest blows dished out by the annus horribillis was the double gut-punch of losing Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds in the space of just two miserable days. Can we please join you under the boulder? We’ll bring chips and dip. If there can be any light at the end of such a tunnel it can only be found in simple acts of kindness and compassion. Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd has recently expressed her gratitude for all of the support she has received since the double tragedy struck.
The author, humorist, awesome interviewee and Star Wars Legend Carrie Fisher passed away days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to LA on December 27th, 2016. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, an actress whose lifetime of achievements on stage and screen have seen her name etched into the very fabric of Hollywood, passed away only a day later, at the age of 84. Todd Fisher, Reynold’s son, noted that the stress of receiving news of her daughter’s death probably contributed to the stroke that she suffered, adding that her final words were “I want to be with Carrie”.
Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, who joined her mother on screen in The Force Awakens, has issued her first public statement since her bereavement. She took to Instagram to post a photograph of her alongside her mother and grandmother. It’s a touching portrait of a family who were defined by stardom, but never let it rule them. Lourd also included a brief message thanking fans for the outpouring of support that she has received at what must be a very difficult time.
“Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist. There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.”
Reports currently Indicate that Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will receive a joint funeral. The event will be private, although an additional public memorial event is also being considered. Appropriately the pair will be laid to rest surrounded by other Hollywood screen icons in Forest Lawn –Hollywood Hills. These Icons include Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Telly Savalas and Buster Keaton.